Poem of the Month: June

"Poetry is the synthesis of hyacinths and biscuits."

— Carl Sandburg
“Poetry is the synthesis of hyacinths and biscuits.”
— Carl Sandburg

The first line of this poem is what caught my attention. “Please, no dreams tonight.” It’s a phrase I have said myself as someone who experiences restless sleep and vivid dreams. But it’s the last two stanzas that mesmerize me, as if when we have no dreams we can reveal the pureness of ourselves.

Poem

By Bill Knott

Please, no dreams tonight.

No transfigured eyelids,

No siren rain

From the day’s clouds.

 

Let the moon

Be boarded over.

No mirrors must signal

Their ally the wishwell.

 

Let there be nothing

For our faces to open in

But themselves.

 

Seen in this least light

They may appear

At last to be whole.

 

 

(Georgia O’Keefe print found here.

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